View of Pir Panjal Range (topmost)
A place beyond imagination, a place more beautiful than any other on earth.... this is what comes to mind when one talks about Dalhousie. A small town, perched at 2050 meters, on top of the Western end of the mighty Dhauladhar Range of Himalayas, Dalhousie redefines your concept of beauty. Built by the British as a Sanitorium, the town today occupies 5 hilltops.
Full of tall Pine and Deodar trees and steeped in beauty, this town has mercifully survived the rampant construction and commercialization seen in Mussorie and other hill stations.
Two major points in Dalhousie are the Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk, which are within walking distance of each other.
Dalhousie is a place for walking. There are numerous trekking routes within the town itself, some as short as 1km and some as long as 7kms.
Three places not to miss near Dalhousie, are Kalatop Sanctuary, the Dain Kund and Khajjiar. The route to all three of them starts from a place called Lakkad Mandi, about 8kms from Gandhi Chowk. While one treks to the first two, Khajjiar is a short 45 mins drive away. See relevant sections for more details and photographs.